Online admissions to first year junior college (FYJC) or class 11 will start late this year. The state’s school education department on Tuesday said registrations on the web portal will begin after May 25, which is more than three weeks later than last year, when online admissions began on May 2.
Reason for the delay: the department is revamping the entire admission process to make it more “student-friendly”, and Nysa Asia is replacing Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL) as its technical support partner.
According to education officials, the admissions manual or booklet, which contains the log in ID and password for students, has not yet been published.
“We will send the booklet for printing in a day or two and they will be ready in four to five days after that,” said BB Chavan, deputy director of education, Mumbai region.
Once the book is printed, registrations can only begin after it is circulated to all schools and guidance centres across Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, and Thane. “The entire process will be done by next week and the website should tentatively be ready by May 25,” added Chavan.
For the convenience of students, this year the department is adding subjects offered by each and every college, next to its name, in the FYJC admissions manual. All the subjects available at the college including bifocal or vocational subjects will be printed along with their intake capacity and fees.
This will make it easy for students to check if the college they have opted for offers subjects of their choice. “Earlier, students used to apply to a college and later complain that it didn’t have the subject they wanted, such as Information Technology or French or any other subject combinations they desired,” said a senior education official.
Last month, few science students from Ruia College, had approached education minister Vinod Tawde complaining that they were stopped from opting for psychology in lieu of mathematics in class 12. The college said that they could not fit in anymore students for the subject. Such situations will be avoided if students know in advance about the number of seats available for each subject, said education officials.
Also, college codes, which students enter into the online application form, have been shortened so that students write them correctly. For instance, Mumbai colleges’ code will start with ‘MUM’.